Google reportedly is folding its Chrome operating system into its Android operating system as the company attempts to reduce the number of independent platforms it needs to maintain.
Sources familiar with the matter told the The Wall Street Journal that Google will show off a new operating system in 2017 that will run on PCs in addition to smartphones.
Both Chrome OS and Android are based on Linux. Android, targeted at smartphones, touts better application support while Chrome, targeted at laptops and PCs, is more secure, as no credible breaches into the OS have been discovered.
According to a forecast released by market research firm IDC, smartphones running on Android are dominating are expected to take up 81.1 percent of the smartphone market in 2015.
Rumors have long been circulating that Google would package the two operating systems together. In September, Google unveiled the Pixel C, the first Pixel tablet to run on Android as opposed to the lineup's traditional Chrome operating system.
While solution providers remain unclear on what the implications are for folding Chrome into the Android OS, they stressed that security needs to be a top priority for an operating system that reaches both laptops and smartphones.
According to The Wall Street Journal report, Chromebooks also will get a new, undetermined name.